Moving can be a stressful experience, no matter how many times you have done it before. From the planning and the packing to all the unexpected things that come up, it’s easy to see why more and more people are turning to a professional moving company for help than ever before.
Whether you are moving across town or to another part of the country, making sure you have all your ducks in a row before moving day is no easy feat. For many, moving is anxiety-inducing in itself, let alone when you throw kids and pets into the equation.
To keep you from getting too overwhelmed, we’ve put together a list of tips for moving with kids. Whether you have an infant, toddler, or teenager, these tips should help you approach moving day with a much better attitude:
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help. Many of us have a hard time asking for help, especially when it comes to something like packing and moving. However, swallowing your pride and reaching out to your friends, family, and neighbors when moving day is approaching is one of the best things you can do for yourself. From having someone watch your kids will you pack to dropping them off with your parents on moving day, don’t be afraid to rely on your loved ones during this stressful time.
Give Your Kids a Task. Depending on how old your kids are, the best thing you can do is give them something to do. Sure, some tasks simply aren’t appropriate, but they can likely handle filling up a box with their toys or something along those lines.
Organize and Pack When They Are Sleeping. In order to avoid getting frustrated with your kiddos during the packing phase, it may be smart to organize and de-clutter your home while they are asleep. This will prevent your kids from getting in the way and causing a bigger mess out of your ‘organized piles’. So in the hours after they’ve gone to bed, dive into organization mode, take out the trash, and load your car with any donatable items. This will keep them from going through all the toys and other stuff you won’t be taking to your new home, which will be a huge headache saver.
Moving with kids doesn’t have to be a daunting experience, as long as you plan ahead and take your time. We hope the above tips give you a good place to start come moving day!